The problem of care

Eating Disorders are serious illnesses, that can even be deadly (particularly Anorexia Nervosa). The need for hospitalisation, often long term, is frequent. Eating disorders result in both physical and psychiatric problems, and often it is not easy to decide which of these issues should take priority: to favour one aspect may mean neglecting others, and vice versa. Moreover, due to the highly specialised nature of hospital departments, it is not so easy to find an institution able to deal simultaneously with all of the issues in hand
Those affected by an eating disorder may present different levels of awareness and cooperation: for this reason, it is not advisable to rely on standardised therapy, which, if applied inflexibly, would exclude too high a percentage of possible patients. Hence, the need arises for a health centre which can simultaneously treat the patient’s physical and psychological problems issues by adapting the treatment plan to each specific case.
“Le Betulle” Medical Centre hosts patients in comfortable single rooms, with a personal caregiver at their disposal throughout the period of hospitalisation. While guaranteeing a homely environment that is not too ‘medical’, the centre offers all necessary diagnostic and therapeutic examinations and facilities thanks to sophisticated equipment and a wide range of specialists in every field. At “Le Betulle” we adopt the most effective ED therapy protocols, as is confirmed by the most important international organisations appointed to assess these methods.
Nutritional and physical rehabilitation is achieved by means of nutritional and psychotherapeutic plans, which are personalised with the help of each patient’s personal caregiver. Tackling the psychological aspects of an eating disorder entails the diagnosis and cure of all psychiatric conditions and intensive psychotherapy focused on the patient’s specific eating disorder, which is administered in relation to the patient’s needs and availability. This simultaneous approach to the treatment of many sensitive issues and speed in fulfilling hospitalisation requests allows us to optimise recovery time and reduces the long term risks of these disorders by exploiting therapeutic ‘windows of opportunity’, which in patients who often lack motivation, may not present themselves again for a long time.
The aim of maintaining a therapeutic “continuum” in patients is obtained by allowing them to keep the same points of reference both during the “motivational” phase prior to hospitalisation, throughout their stay at the clinic and, finally, during the outpatient phase, thus reducing the percentage of “drop-outs” as far as possible.